Bowel Disease: Caring for Your Ostomy
Caring for your Reference ostomy Opens New Window is an important part of maintaining your quality of life. You will need to:
- Empty your pouch as needed.
- Replace your pouching system as needed (usually every 3 to 7 days). This may include measuring your stoma (the exposed section of intestine) and cutting the barrier to size.
- Care for your skin and stoma and watch for skin irritation.
You may also Reference irrigate Opens New Window a colostomy, which helps you control when you eliminate waste. Irrigation requires your doctor's approval and guidance.
Wound, ostomy, and continence nurses (WOCNs) are available in some medical centers to help you learn how to care for your ostomy.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 8, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology